Reincarnation: do you believe in it?
As I have stated before, I am very eclectic in all ways. I am not a religious person, I’m a spiritual person. I believe that God is Love and that he created all for Love. In a sense, I guess you could say Love is my religion.
My maternal grandfather was a Primitive Baptist Preacher. He practically raised me because my dad was always off doing other stuff. He always taught me that we are each a soul and when we became all one soul we would be one with God. By this he meant that we each had to understand that we were all one, created by God, and that we should learn to love one another as we love God. That has always stuck with me. He did not believe in reincarnation. He believed in once saved, always saved and that none of us would go to heaven until the resurrection.
In my late teens and into my twenties, my naturally questioning mind, started to really think about some of my earlier beliefs. I talked with my grandfather about the questions I had, read my bible, and prayed a lot. My grandfather told me that since we are separate souls, one soul may feel that something is right for them and another soul may feel that the same thing was wrong for them. He told me this was Gad talking to each of us and if we had that feeling that something was wrong for us, we were to turn immediately away from it. I have later thought on this and think it was his way of saying that we all had our own paths to travel.
In my early to mid-thirties, we had a pastor come to our church. He preached hatred and prejudice against all who did not believe as he did. His preaching tore me, and my oldest daughter, up severely. We were being told that everything we had believed was a lie and his way was the only way. Well, to me, he had just called my grandfather a liar.
That led me to search other religions, read about them, study them and after several years, I was able to take something from each that made sense to me and all that I had believed in. So, I just call myself eclectic.
My grandfather passed away in November of 1998. I had talked to him about all I was reading and studying, and about how my beliefs were changing. He understood and gave me his blessing before he died.
I want go into all my beliefs, but to answer the question; Yes, I do believe in reincarnation. I believe each soul is sent back again and again until they learn all that God wants them to learn.
So there you have it; a little bit of me poured out into writing.